January 27 was an eventful day in the Covid-19 saga. A prominent virologist in Hong Kong gave a three-hour presentation on YouTube basically warning everyone that the new virus was way worse than people thought. First cases popped up in a few more countries. The first confirmed asymptomatic transmission was reported in Germany. In the US, the Surgeon General dismissed the coronavirus as “low-risk” and urged Americans not to worry about it. The President was likewise unconcerned.
Emma and Elizabeth were following the news, but at that point it was an interesting story to monitor as it unfolded rather than something to actively worry about. This was they day they visited the International Mountain Museum.
They wandered for a bit, trying to find a bus going in the right direction.
Eventually they found a bus and got to the museum.
Adorable girls are adorable.
The museum grounds are lovely.
This mandala is made entirely of colored sand!
Too sexy for my beads.
More derpy taxidermy.
Is…is that a Yeti?
This is a really pretty museum. I’m keeping this post reasonably short, but the girls took billions of great photos here.
There is a temple inside the museum.
Outside, a scale model of Mt. Manaslu and Machapuchare (Fishtail Peak, the highest point in the Annapurna range) lets visitors try their hands at mountain-climbing.
This was the girls’ last full day in Pokhara. On the 28th they returned to Kathmandu to begin the long journey home. I am so glad that they got to share this experience before the virus surged and the lockdowns started.
To be continued!